What does 330,000 ac’s of burn look like? Kind of hard to imagine but luckily in Eastern Oregon we have a good reference point. If you were to set everything on fire from Baker to Summerville, Across to Cover, thru High Valley across the Seven Diamonds Ranch, all the way down to Thief Valley Reservoir to the Western edge of the Keating Valley back to Baker, you would have burned the same amount of area that the US Forest Service and BLM have allowed to burn over the last year. Map of Fire Footprint.
In the next two months the US Forest Service will release the Final Environmental impact statement (FEIS) for what they and their partners in the Environmental community think should be done with our lands for the next 10 to 15 years thru the “forest plan revision.” Look at the map above, does it look to you like they make good logical decisions?
Please be prepared to file your Objections when the FEIS is released. We will be here to help you thru the process.
We wanted to give everyone an update on the Forest Plan Revision for the Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur, and Umatilla National Forest.
The update is simple, the Forest Service continues to hold an internal dialogue with themselves, and hold the people of Eastern Oregon office as much as possible, if you can stomach it, here’s a link to the audio recording.
To give everyone a taste of what a dog a pony show this has all become here is copy of the transcript of the meeting – July 13 BMFPR Teleconference Update. To say we are sickened would be an understatement.
There is nothing more pathetic than four grown adults sitting behind a teleconference acting like they are “engaging with the public.” And openly admitting they are holding a one way dialogue, and then acting like they are doing something, it’s literally a one sided dialogue of group-thinkers trying to convince themselves how they are not harming our communities.
Here’s what FAFA has taken from this meeting. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is coming and it’s coming soon. We have roughly 600 people that filed a comment in favor of active land management and open motorized use. Each of you will be hearing from us in the next few months on how to engage in the objection process and we hope that you file your objection when the time comes. You will only have 60 days when that period is announced.
Saturday June 4th, 2016. Sunridge Inn, Baker City Oregon, 3pm.
We apologize for the short notice, but were just informed by one of our members of the following forum.
To all our friends in Eastern Oregon – especially in and around Pendleton. Tomorrow evening, April 6th Oregon Public Broadcasting will be taping a “forum” on the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The invited forum participates are not friendly to any of us retaining our open access to public lands.
It is important that a large, pro-motorized access “open access” showing attend this forum and speak out about the desires of the general public to keep our motorized access open.
PLEASE go, it’s an hour of your life, and will show that we are serious about keeping what little bit of access we have for current and future generations needs.
Forum details –
OPB- Think Out Loud
This show will be recorded
Wednesday, April 6th from 7-8pm; Please arrive by 6:30pm
Blue Mountain Community College (ST-200 lecture hall)
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Steve Beverlin: Malheur National Forest Supervisor
Eric Quaempts: Department of Natural Resources Director for the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation
James Nash: Fly fishing outfitter and rancher
Darilyn Parry Brown: Executive Director of Hells Canyon Preservation Council
King Williams: Owner of the natural resources consulting company King, Inc
Saturday March 5th, 2016. Sunridge Inn, Baker City Oregon, 3pm.
Will be discussing Blue Mountains Resiliency Project, Banquet planning, Retaining legal representation from Karen Bud Falen, and other issues.